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Jason Jones, Titans Defensive End, Fined $15,000 For Hit On Orton

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NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18: Jason Jones #91 of the Tennessee Titans reacts to a defensive stop against the Baltimore Ravens at LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 26-13. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) | Getty

By TERESA M. WALKER, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee defensive end Jason Jones says the NFL has fined him $15,000 for his hit on Denver quarterback Kyle Orton.

Jones said Wednesday he will appeal, hoping to reduce the penalty.

Jones was flagged for unnecessary roughness in last week's 17-14 win over Denver. He had an open path to Orton and hit the quarterback just after Orton threw a pass. But Jones' face mask hit Orton in the head, drawing a 15-yard penalty.

The Tennessean reports that in response to the NFL fine, Jones said, "I thought the fine was a little hefty. I think Orton was acting a little bit, but the refs are going to protect the players."

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